Advancements in the Micromirror Array Projector Technology II
OPTICAL SCIENCES CORP HUNTSVILLE AL
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The Micromirror Array Projector System MAPS is a state-of-the-art dynamic scene projector developed by Optical Sciences Corporation OSC for Hardware-In-the-Loop HWIL simulation and sensor test applications. Since the introduction of the first MAPS in 2001, OSC has continued to improve the technology and develop systems for new projection and test applications. The MAPS is based upon the Texas Instruments Digital Micromirror Device DMD which has been modified to project high resolution, realistic imagery suitable for testing sensors and seekers operating in the UV, visible, NIR, and IR wavebands. This paper reviews the basic design and describes recent developments and new applications of the MAPS technology. Recent developments for the MAPS include increasing the format of the micromirror array to 1280x1024, increasing the video frame rate to 230 Hz, development of a DMD active cooling system, and development of a high-temperature illumination blackbody.
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